My husband and I landed on thanksgiving and stayed at the R1 apartment in the Villa Tropical (atleast for the first couple of days ). Nolly was extremely nice and helped us check-in and show us our apartment. The view from R1 was absolutely fantastic!! The apartment itself was a little outdated. Even though we chose the "view" over an updated apt ,it turned out we wanted a better kitchen and a bathroom :). The stairs from R1 which would open up directly into the beach was washed away by sandy. I guess it should be fixed soon. Nevertheless the walk around the apt to get to the beach was less than 30 seconds. The reef is bang opposite R1 and so is the swimming area. The beach is simply beautiful. Never have I stayed in a place with the beach right in your backyard where you could snorkell, surf , paraglide and scuba. Simply amazing. We got to see a lot of fishes and meet some very nice people.
We got locked out of our apt the very first day as we left the keys inside the house and decided to have a nice dinner on the deck. Jennifer was extremely nice and helped us get back in with a slice of homemade pie!! This was on thanksgiving day btw.
We didnt have hot water in the bathrooms . We had to heat water on the stove and take a shower indian style ;). We decided to move to F1 as it was updated and trevor gave us a refund for the first day and did not charge us for the snorkelling equipment we rented for the entire week !
Overall we loved villa tropical and love love loved the beach! Will definitely be going back there again. But we will fly into the aguadilla airport which is 5 mins from isabela!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1990, Villa Tropical's Location and Accommodations have enchanted visitors from around the world. Villa Tropical Inc. represents an exclusive group of fully-equipped oceanfront and non-oceanfront apartments located ON Shacks Beach (Playa Shacks), Isabela. Directly in front of the VT Main building is the "Blue Hole", a coral-reef-protected swimming area that provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy a variety of sea life while snorkeling and diving in underwater caverns. Just west of the coral reef is a challenging surf break and favorite kite-surfing and SUP destination. There are 31unique, fully - equipped apartments with everything for your home away from home on the beach. Many amenities are included like your clean sheets and towels, cooking tools and utensils, FREE wifi, FREE A/C, FREE Parking, FREE beach access, FREE soap, dish detergent, TP and PT :) LOL and cleaning supplies and FREE BBQ tank refills. The NEW Villa Tropical Gift Shop has souvenirs, beverages, incl alcohol, and conveniences. The friendly Canadian Owners and helpful staff are kind, resourceful and a joy to vacation with. Villa Tropical's Best Value is maintained by the owner's maintaining direct relations with customers, thus why you will never find us on an OTA's top list. Villa Tropical books solidly 2 years in advance for high season dates. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Tropical Oceanfront Apartments On Shacks Beach Hotel Isabela
- Tropical Hotel Isabela